Architects,engineers and developers have strongly opposed the decision of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) making it compulsory to renew their registration and licences every year for projects within its limit.
According to them,the fiat issued this week is highly unwarranted and would not serve any purpose other than causing harassment and inconvenience to over 4,000 engineers and hundreds of builders,real estate developers.
They say that doctors and advocates do not require renewal of their registration and licences every year for practice after they get themselves registered with their respective bodies like the branches of the Medical Council of India or the Bar councils.
Suresh Patel,a developer and president of the Gujarat Institute of Housing and Estate Developers (GIHE),said: There is no justification for the decision. Are architects and engineers permanent staff of AUDA? Does any government official appear in examinations every year after joining the service several years ago?
Senior architect Pravin Patel said that forcing for renewal of registration and licenses amounts to harassment because one would have to rush to AUDA every nine or 12 months.
He said all the architects having passed out from engineering and architecture colleges were registered with the Council of Architecture,a Central government body with legal status,and hence,there was no need for another registration with the urban bodies or corporations. Do physicians or surgeons renew their licenses every year? Then why engineers and architects are being treated like this?
Girish Mistry,an engineer operating within the jurisdiction of AUDA,said once an architect gets himself registered with the Council of Architecture under the provisions of the Indian Architecture Act of 1972,there is no need of an additional registration with any other body.
On his part,AUDA chairman Dharmendra Shah defended the move saying it had been done to ensure quality of work in the larger public interest.
He said there were many developers and engineers who began construction without proper permission.
They also started using the buildings much before getting the permission for the same,Shah said,adding,The new measure will hopefully put a check on such incidents.